Digitizing sponsorChevrolet Division, General Motors Corporation
"THIS PICTURE MAKES VIVID THE LIVES OF THE MEN & WOMEN WHO BUILD THE MODERN AUTOMOBILE. IT SHOWS THEM IN THE MORNING ON THEIR WAY TO WORK, AT WORK IN THE PLANTS & OFFICES, IN THE MARKET PLACES SHOPPING, & AT HOME IN THE PLEASANT EVENING HOURS."
January 21, 2014 Subject:
Dawn to Mid Morning
Ends at about 9 minutes and its not even lunch yet.
Nonetheless, we get to see hords of men off to work which in 1937 was either a fable or was temporary. After all, if you look at the 1940 census pages, it was very common to see factory workers who only worked about 20 weeks between April 1939 and April 1940- just two years later, and in the same cities as they show here. Hmmm. What was that all about? A recession?
A good look at assembly lines and neighborhoods in the later 1930's. Seems to be a dearth of fedoras on the guys as they pile into the plants. So, one wonders, was this acted out? The parades down the residential streets sure look put on.
The last 7 minutes didn't make it through the process. Hope to be able to see the rest of it sometime.
Similar to but quite different from the other, more abbreviated JH production of the same name, same year. Apparently there are two versions.
Gets 4 stars but I cant rate it because half of it is missing.